Is high-tech gadgetry diminishing the ability of adults to give proper supervision to very young children? According to this Wall Street Journal article, the answer is "probably, so for Christ's sake put your phone down, you neglectful monster."
Okay, so that's not exactly what it says. The theory is this: the near-ubiquity of hand-held electronic devices are one possible reason why injury rates for young kids have been on the rise lately -- as in, a 12 percent increase between 2007 and 2010. As a pediatrician who's part of the American Academy of Pediatrics working group for injury, violence, and poison prevention puts it, "The injuries were going down and down and down. (The recent uptick) is pretty striking."
The article raises some truly disturbing connections between "device distraction" and childhood injuries or even deaths -- but does this mean I'm going to ban my cellphone from the playground? Yeah, probably not.